Vermont's best-known indie rocker, the self-identified socialist Bernie Sanders, recently won a U.S. senate seat on a platform not unlike one championed by Red Heart the Ticker
, a.k.a. the Marlboro, Vermont, duo of Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons. The pair wring all the virtues from bookish sincerity and less-is-more means (they record on a laptop in a cabin in the woods), and they utter soft-spoken declarations of mercy and forgiveness rather than revenge and fear. But RHtT also delights in its vices: drugs, drink, leather boots and kinky sex under the moonlight. The band's sole album, 2005's For the Wicked
, starts with sturdy, country-folk foundations and ends in Lanois-esque soul-scapes. In between, the duo reverses some tape loops, drops some disco-drum hooks, sharpens some knifing guitars and leaves lots of space for MacArthur's dryly sexy voice to draw you into an imperfectly daydreamy utopia.